Wine Cap Mushrooms in the Wood Chips!

My first experience with eating foraged mushrooms! After all this rain, I found enormous mushrooms growing in the under the raspberries. No clue what kind, but curious, so I joined a mushroom identification group on  facebook.

Mushrooms under the raspberries!
Mushrooms under the raspberries!

The mushrooms are around 8 to 10 inches wide and are are growing in wood-chip mulch that is a mix of elm and maple (I think) from trees we cut down. Under the wood chips is fairly rich soil (formerly wooded land along a swale).

Wine Cap Mushroom - Mature form
Wine Cap Mushroom – Mature form
"Up the skirts" view of a "past its prime" wine cap mushroom.
“Up the skirts” view of a “past its prime” wine cap mushroom.

Identification from the facebook group: These are Stropharia rugosoannulata forma lutea. Common name is Wine cap mushrooms in their yellow capped form.  They are a cultivated edible that grows in wood chips.

I sauteed them up in some extra-virgin olive oil with Himalayan salt and fresh ground black pepper. Delicious!


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